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#31 of 42 Old 12-09-2009, 10:49 PM
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I voted other. I was going to say take it to a bike shop and have it professionally assembled but I looked up the bike and since there are no breaks or pedals or other parts that could be a saftey issue.....definitely assemble it yourselves. he is gonna want to get on that thing right away. So cute!!!!

playmobile - holy crap. yeah if anyone bought anything for their kids thats playmobile definitely assemble that ahead of time. it looks so simple. we got a boat. A BOAT!! and it took hours to assemble. it had real rigging for crying out loud.

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#32 of 42 Old 12-10-2009, 12:06 AM
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I say assemble too. And, if you're worried about him seeing it hide it somewhere for him to find.

The year I got a trike for my birthday I woke up to find a string tied to something (can't remember what) in the house saying "Follow the string to find your present". My trike was under the house.

The year my brother and I got bikes for Christmas there was a note in the tree saying "Go and look near Lisa (the name of our car)". Our bikes were standing in the shed (Dad had picked them up from a neighbours house on Christmas Eve). It is our tradition for Dad to hand out the presents so he just gave us the note last so everything else was opened first.

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Ok Ok I guess I have to assemble it! I'll pick up a big bow and have it out. I guess its not a big deal to spread out the gifts, and at least its not cold out if I end up having to go outside in my pj's to watch him ride!

Now the problem is I have to convince him to go to bed before I do so I have time to put it together, which is a whole nother challange in itself, or maybe I can enlist Great -Grammy to distract him long enough to sneek off and get it ready! I already looked at the instructions and there arent too many peices I dont think.

He is going to be sooo stinking excited, he has been talking about getting a real bike forever now!
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#34 of 42 Old 12-10-2009, 01:20 AM
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DS got a bike one year for Easter (winter bdays here, we get bikes for Easter) and DH went somewhere (can't remember what we told DS) in all reality he went to my mom's assembled it and it lived in the back of the van for a day or 2 and then the 'Easter Bunny' snuck it in after he went to bed.

Santa always assembles gifts here. The elves gotta do SOMETHING.

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I really like the string idea.

Could you hide it in a closet if you assembled it early? You could do it some other night when he goes to bed before you, or in the morning before he gets up.

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Assemble it, keep it hidden somewhere, and send him on a short treasure hunt with a new "clue" note in each location. Have him open the gift with the first note when you're ready for him to. I've done the treasure hunt thing a couple times and did wacky things with the note gifts: filled a very small box with pennies with the note folded up where it couldn't be seen without dumping the pennies, and wrapped the note around a potato and put that in a suitable box. They loved it the years I did this!

(On another note, one year oldest DS just couldn't seem to tell me what he wanted and I kept threatening him with underwear. You should have seen the look on his face when my teenage son opened a package of Scooby Doo underoos (size 6)--priceless! There was money tucked into one of the waist bands just enough so he could see it from the back side of the package. I laughed myself silly and wish soooo much I'd had a video camera!)

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I think you should assemble it so it can be ridden straight away - you don't want to spend you Christmas morning putting a bike together when you could be watching the joy on your DC face as he rides

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An assembled and ready bike is always a better deal.

He would be delighted to see what he got and would be low on patience till it gets assembled.
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Last year we assembled Christmas Eve and DH hid it in another room. So after DS had looked at all his toys and there was a lull, DH told him to go look to see if Santa had left anything else and surprise! It was a big deal, let me tell you. If DS (then 3.5) had to wait while DH assembled a bike (and it took much longer than we expected) it would not have been pretty.
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Our girls are getting new bikes for Christmas. We are assembling them and putting GIANT carboard boxes (like 6ft tall) that my husband uses at work with a huge red bow on top. They will be out in the yard, I think the girls will LOVE it!

I like to assemble most things before Christmas, because I remember what a drag it was watching things being assembled on the day of!

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I wouldn't assemble it but only because my DS LOVES putting things together. For him that would be more fun than the bike itself.

But I agree that there is something magical about getting a brand new amazingly awesome new bike ready for riding.

A friend did this once....after they enjoyed Christmas morning, they received a fake phone call from Santa saying that he left a gift for him on the doorstep (the kid didn't speak to Santa, the Mom just pretended she was talking to him). During the fake phone call, Dad snuck around and put the bike by the door. Kid opens door, sees bike, freaks out, life is good.
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#42 of 42 Old 12-10-2009, 05:15 PM
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Assemble. Ds is getting his first bike with pedals for Christmas. We had it shipped to Grandpa's house, were we will be spending Christmas and DH put it together on our last visit. I picked up a tiny pair of bike gloves which will go in the stocking.
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